WEEK OF June 7 - 11, 2010When you hit the political scenes in the 70's, Liberia was at a crossroads of political fragmentation; many Liberian masses wanted to be included in what they saw as a world of elitism and enjoyment, with the ruling class at the time controlling a greater proportion of the nation's resources.
In the absence of political participation from forces other than the True Whig Party, you rallied the masses; students, market women and men, petty traders, government workers and people from points in between and beyond, at home and abroad to stand up and be heard like never before. You woke up the conscious of a nation like it was never before.
With you leading the marches, rallies, sit-ins, agitating actions and calling on the government to open its doors a little wider so as to absorb a larger number of the people who were qualified to be included in key decision making positions, receive relevant government assistance where necessary, have government provide livable housing and other amenities, Liberians knew they had a voice, you knew you had the foot soldiers for a quiet revolution.
You were there under constant surveillance, harassments, indiscriminate spraying of teargas, floggings, countless days in jails, at times flying bullets, grenades and everything else being used at the time to destroy a force so powerful and national, drawn from the wells of the souls of a People who were ready for a movement that would have afforded them the opportunity to speak out.
FOR your bravery, tireless and endless devotion to a cause you saw so noble for which you fearlessly put your life on the line, in the eyes of storms big and small, in the presence of armed and armless men and women, security and informants, privates and generals, ordinary citizens and diplomats, working in areas tight, hazardous or possibly harmful to yourselves in ensuring that the masses were heard will forever be appreciated by us and many other generations to come.
We especially appreciate your work today, in this age of political plurality where we saw over twenty political parties vying the last presidential and general elections. Where it seems the nation has become a political melting pot or a smorgasbord of sort.
AS a result of the work you did in your lifetime, Liberians are much more informed and can boast of a diverse, freer, vociferous and vibrant political landscape. We highly commend you for your dedicated, fearless and tireless service.
NOW therefore, in consideration of your bravery, fearless and sacrificial services rendered to the People of Liberia as a political trendsetter and on behalf of the Board of Advisors, the Management and Staff of this publication, please permit us to express our admiration for the firm and illuminating characters and qualities you exhibited in the in being a change agent over your lifetime.
Congratulations, Gabriel Baccus Matthews , for yours was always speaking for those who were too fearful to have spoken at the time and with this post humous recognition, your roses will always be sprinkled whenever your named is mentioned – In The Cause of The People, The Struggle Continues!